Programme content

The practically oriented degree programme with practicals and project work from the first semester on, covers the fundamentals of both natural sciences and engineering sciences. The basic processes of both the synthesis (upstream processing) and the purification (downstream processing) of biotechnological products are taught. In the advanced semesters you can customize your course by taking electives (here you can choose whether you wish to focus more on process engineering or biotechnology). What is learnt on the course is applied and learnt in more depth during the internship semester and in the Bachelor thesis, which is usually carried out in industry. 

Besides two English courses, the curriculum also covers key management skills. The small groups, personal supervision and friendly atmosphere are further advantages of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Sound knowledge of biotechnology and process engineering
  • Ability to plan, design, carry out, operate, evaluate and optimize experiments, processes, plants, company procedures, etc.
  • Fully trained engineer with interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Ability to carry out self-directed scientific work
  • Qualification to take a master's degree

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Teamworking skills and ability to take responsibility
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate drive and motivation
  • Knowledge-based evaluation and decision-making skills
  • Intercultural competencies gained for example during study semester or internships abroad

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Ability to fulfill any technical function in companies
  • Ability to fulfill functions in research facilities (including PhD work)
  • Career prospects in industry, the health sector, labs and research institutes, government agencies and local authority facilities
  • Self-directed, goal-oriented planning of work processes and projects

International Outlook

During your course you can go abroad for a semester either to study or to do an internship. Some students carry out the practical part of their thesis work abroad, too. HFU has many good contacts with prestigious universities, institutes and companies in over 140 countries. International experience is of enormous importance especially in innovative, research-oriented disciplines. For this reason we strongly encourage our students to spend a semester abroad during their studies.


Contacts in the Faculty are Dr. Ulrike Fasol and Prof. Rüdiger Kukral (students specializing in Process Engineering).